Majors and Programs

Thank you for considering Minot State’s Communication Disorders (CD) program. Our graduates are recognized both regionally and nationally as some of the best prepared.

We are committed to students who excel and admit most of our undergraduate students into the graduate program. All students who attend Minot State get special consideration in the graduate school admissions process.

 

It takes four years to complete your 120-semester hour communication disorders major when you average 15 credits per semester. The program consists of 38 general foundational education credits, 41 communication disorders credits, and 41 related content credits. Courses within the major begin your freshman year.

BS in Communication Disorders Requirements

BS in Communication Disorders Four-Year Plan

Undergrad catalog

When you transfer to Minot State, it is important to visit the Transfer Equivalency System at https://tes.collegesource.com/ to determine which courses will be accepted. It will also be helpful to talk with the department chair during this process.

It’s best when you transfer to Minot State with an A.A. or A.S. degree for your general education requirement to be satisfied.

When you transfer into communication disorders from another institution without general education requirements met, you may have to take an increased credit load or extend your program in order to complete the baccalaureate degree.

Fall 2019 undergrad advising sheet

Undergrad tracking worksheet

Undergrad catalog

Are you interested in a career as a speech-language pathologist but have an undergraduate degree in something other than communication disorders?

Our post-baccalaureate program has been created with you in mind!

This program helps bridge the gap from your current undergraduate degree to the master’s program. It takes one year, on-campus, and involves 38 credit hours of courses averaging 19 hours per semester.

Admission to the program is by application. Admittance dates roll the start date to the fall semester. You will be offered an optional clinical experience the summer following completion of your post-bac year. Students who attend Minot State for the post bac program are given special consideration in the graduate admission process.

Post-Baccalaureate advising sheet

Undergrad catalog

 

Our program has a rich history of educational and clinical excellence with a 100% Praxis pass rate and a 100% post-graduation employment rate. Students from across the country and Canada are admitted and, at the same time, we prioritize Minot State students for acceptance.

The program takes five consecutive semesters to complete. Admission is in the fall and your final externship will take place in the setting of your choice. We place students across the United States and Canada. Several have been awarded placements at prestigious sites such as the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the OHSU Doernbecher Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Our highly regarded graduates are employed across North Dakota, the United States, and Canada.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  •  A minimum 3.25 grade point average for the last four years or in the last 60 semester hours of study;
  •  Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum score of 3.5 on the writing portion; and
  •  Three letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or supervisors (two from within the communication disorders major and one external evaluator) who can attest to the individual’s ability, skill, inter-personal relationships, and characteristics that lead to success in a graduate program.

Potential students are advised of the following: 

A. Applications received by February 15 will receive priority consideration.

B. Applications received after February 15 will be considered only if student slots remain available.

C. Admission to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is a competitive process.

Qualified applicants will be rank-ordered based on GPA, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. When two or more students receive the same ranking, priority consideration will be given to students with North Dakota residency. In addition, students who have completed an undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate program at Minot State will receive additional priority consideration.

D. Under rare circumstances, with substantial evidence that a person’s undergraduate record does not appropriately and accurately represent a student’s abilities and promise, the Faculty may recommend and the Department Chairperson may approve the acceptance of persons who do not meet the stated minimum requirements for acceptance.

E. At times, applicatants are admitted on a provisional-probational basis. This admission will be considered as the single allowable semester of probation.  

If a student enters the program on a full-time basis and has met ASHA requirements for the biological sciences, basic chemistry or physics, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences, then it is possible to complete the degree in five semesters. Students will be on campus for four semesters and will complete an external practicum in their fifth semester.

2019-2021 graduate advising worksheet

2018-2020 graduate advising worksheet

Graduate catalog

The Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders is to provide entry level Speech-Language professionals who meet the needs of the state and region by:

1. Providing students with high quality educational and clinical experiences

2. Encouraging active engagement through a variety of community service and clinical experiences

3. Delivering integrated experiences that allow students the opportunity to connect theory with practice, work in teams, respect the diversity of today's world, and understand connections between research, evidence-based practice, and the therapeutic environment. 

Goals of the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology:
1. To provide course offerings and clinical experiences reflecting pertinent and current content preparing students for personal growth and professional competence as a beginning practitioner in the field of speech language pathology.

2. To offer information and experiences in factors that foster students’ abilities to serve a diverse clientele considering cultural and social variables as well as language exposure/acquisition on clients/patients and their families.

3. To facilitate student understanding of communication, cognitive, hearing, speech, language, literacy, and swallowing development and disorders across the life span.

4. To create intellectual excitement, curiosity, and student involvement in community service and inter-professional activities as well as encourage application of research evidence into everyday clinical practice.

Program Completion Rate

Period # completed program
within expected time frame
% completing within
expected time frame
2018-2019 31/31 100%
2017-2018 21/21 100%
2016-2017 14/14 100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Period # taking exam # passed exam pass rate (%)
2018-2019 31 31 100
2017-2018 21 21 100
2016-2017 14 14 100

Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Period Employment Rate in Profession
  # of graduates % of graduates
2018-2019 31 100
2017-2018 21 100
2016-2017 14 100

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology program at Minot State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 30296-5700.

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Department of Communication Disorders
Highlights of the Strategic Plan
2018-2022

Vision

The vision of the Department of Communication Disorders at Minot State University is to develop highly regarded entry level speech-language professionals who actively improve and enhance the lives of the people and communities they serve.

Mission

In line with MSU’s strategic plan, Empowering Generations, the mission of the Department of Communication Disorders at Minot State University is to provide entry level speech-language professionals who meet the needs of the state and region by:

  1. Providing students with high quality educational and clinical experiences
  2. Encouraging active engagement through a variety of community service and clinical experiences
  3. Delivering integrated experiences that allow students the opportunity to connect theory with practice, work in teams, respect the diversity of today’s world, and understand connections between research, evidence-based practice, and the therapeutic environment

Goal 1

Provide a thoughtful, current, relevant, and high-quality curriculum that meets ASHA requirements and is responsive to the needs of both students and employers.

(In support of Empowering Generations, Goal 1: Excellence in Education; Offer high-quality academic opportunities to meet educational needs.)

Objective 1.1:  Review & Revise Undergraduate Curriculum

  • The undergraduate curriculum has undergone some major updates making it more relevant to today’s student’s interests allowing them more choice in the course they can take.
  • Student learning outcomes have been rewritten allowing us to assess what students learn more readily in each area of the program.

 Next Steps:  *Explore development of online program

*Review the CD courses for content currency and relevance.  If you have any feedback for this review please let us know via email @    ann.beste.guldborg@minotstateu.edu

Objective 1.2:  Review and Revise the Graduate Curriculum

  • The graduate curriculum has been aligned with the 2020 ASHA standards.
  • Student learning outcomes have been rewritten allowing us to assess what students learn more readily in each area of the program. Beginning this year students must complete a series of assessments as they progress through the curriculum.

Next Steps:      *Review program and courses and align with emerging trends in the field.

                          *Explore development of online program

Goal 2  

Enhance recruitment and retention of students

(In support of Empowering Generations, Goal 2: Recruit and Retain; Increase student enrollment and improve student support services and Goal 3: Retain and Graduate; Support and increase student retention and graduation.)

Objective 2.1:  Recruit well-qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.

  • A Freshman Guarantee has been established allowing qualified freshman students automatic entry into the graduate program if they attend MiSU all four years and continue to meet the requirements. For more information please see our website.
  • Approximately 64,000 has been endowed for CD student scholarships. If you are interested in giving back, please contact the development foundation at this link: MinotStateU.edu/alumni/give.shtml
Next Steps:  *Institute automatic entry to the graduate program for qualified post-baccalaureate students.

Objective 2.2Retain well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Careful recruitment of graduate students ensures a good retention rate
  • We have instituted a student support team within the department to assist students struggling academically in our coursework

Next Steps: *Develop an exit questionnaire for students who leave the program to look for trends in attrition.

Goal 3    

Enhance clinical opportunities and client diversity and explore reimbursement options (In support of Empowering Generations Goal 5; Foster and grow collaborative partnerships and community engagement.)

Objective 3.1Develop diverse on- and off-campus clinical experiences in a variety of sites and settings with diverse clients across ASHA’s Big Nine and the lifespan.

  • We have made great strides in the clinical experiences given to students in our graduate program. All receive a combination of off-campus and on-campus placements and are responsible for multiple clients in a semester.
  • Clinical simulations are also part of the graduate clinical experience
  • Interprofessional labs are part of clinician’s class allowing students to see clinical situations from a multitude of perspectives

Next Steps:   *Explore and develop innovative hospital experiences for our students.

Objective 3.2:  Enhance clinical procedures and explore reimbursement options

In line with Minot State’s commitment to community service our clinical services are now offered to the public free of charge. We are currently looking for clinic sponsors and donations are always welcome. If you care to donate please use this link: MinotStateU.edu/cd/clinic.shtml

  • Positions have been reconfigured to better serve our student needs and many of our clerical tasks have been automated including use of an electronic clinical records system.                                                                                                                        
  • Next Steps:  *Secure sponsorship for our clinic

Goal 4

Enhance and augment program resources (In support of Empowering Generations  Goal 1: Excellence in Education; Offer high-quality academic opportunities to meet educational needs; and Goal 2: Recruit and Enroll; Increase student enrollment and improve student support services.)

Objective 4.1Secure the resources necessary to provide an excellent academic and clinical education to students

  • We have completely remodeled our clinic and have updated our clinical recording system.
  • The stuttering, voice, and AAC labs have been updated with the newest technology.
  • A Medical Speech Pathology lab has been established
  • Our students get to learn in the Cadaver Lab on campus

Next Steps: *Develop grant writing initiatives within the department to continue to enhance student academic and clinical opportunities.

Goal 5

Empower creative and engaged faculty and staff (In support of Empowering Generations Goal 6: Creative and Engaged Faculty & Staff; Support and value faculty and staff.)

Objective 5.1Find, support, value, and retain creative and engaged faculty and staff

  • Currently we have a full faculty who love to mentor students into the field of speech-language pathology. They are engaged in a multitude of departmental, campus, and community work. We also have two energetic adjunct faculty who assist us by teaching courses and providing clinical supervision. Soon we will have 5 faculty members with research doctorates. Most of our clinical faculty have recent experience in the field allowing us to meld theory with practice.

Next Steps:   *Promote interdisciplinary partnerships between faculty to enhance the experience.